Vermont Gov Seeks $5M in Lending Support for Startups

April 16, 2014

Two proposals announced by Gov. Peter Shumlin would provide additional lending tools and incentives to attract and retain technology companies using revenue surpluses for the current fiscal year. The first proposal would establish the Vermont Enterprise Incentive Fund and authorize the governor to offer an incentive package not exceeding $4.5 million to businesses that have a substantial statewide or regional economic or employment impact. The second part adds $500,000 in state general funds to the $1 million in federal funds available to the Vermont Economic Development Authority’s Entrepreneurial Lending program. The program will create a loan loss reserve to reduce the risk of lending to the startup tech sector, according to the governor’s press office. Read the announcement.

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